By Mary A. Sego
Primary Creator: Huston, Henry (1858-1957)
Extent: 4.0 Folders. More info below.
Subjects: Purdue University--Faculty
Forms of Material: Articles
Henry Augustus Huston was born in Damariscotta, Maine on April 20, 1858. He prepared for college at Lincoln Academy, Newcastle, Maine. He received his A.B. degree from Bowdoin College in 1879, and became an assistant in Physics and Chemistry at Bowdoin College.
From 1880-1884 he was a science teacher and principal at a high school in Lafayette, Indiana. In 1882 he received a A.C. (Analytical Chemist) degree from Purdue University and an A.M. from Bowdoin College.
In 1884 he was appointed Assistant Chemist in the U. S. Department of Agriculture but declined the position, preferring a university position.
He joined the Purdue University faculty in 1884 and stayed at Purdue until 1903.
1884-1888; Professor of Physics
1884-1896; Director of Indiana State Weather Service and special observer U. S. Signal Service and U. S. Department of Agriculture.
1885; Appointed Vice President, Purdue University but declined, preferring research work.
1887-1903; State Chemist in Indiana
1888; Offered Professorship of Chemistry at University of Illinois, but declined, preferring work in Agricultural Experiment Station
1888-1902; Chemist, Indiana Agricultural Experiment Station
1902-1903; Director and Chemist, Indiana Agricultural Experiment Station
1899-1903; Professor of Agricultural Chemistry, Purdue University, a chair created by the Legislature for him, in connection with the passage of the Indiana fertilizer law, written by Huston. This law served as a starting point for much later legislation on the subject in other states.
In March 1903 he resigned to accept the position of Propaganda Manager in the Central West for the German Potash Syndicate.
Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation: MSF 187, Henry A. Huston, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
"As If Any-Body Cared", Biography Stuff About H. A. Huston, 1931 [No further publication information available.]
Correspondence addressed to Dr. Kraybill, dated March, 1931. It appears to have had accompanied the biographical information document.
Fifty-Ninth Annual Meeting of Association of Official Agricultural Chemists, Notes by H. A. Huston, 1944. Reprinted from Journal of the Association of Official Agricultural Chemists, February, 1945, pp. 29-32.
Letter from H. A. Huston, addressed to "My dear Wright", dated October 7, 1945. The letter contains Mr. Huston's personal reflections on persons who served at Purdue University previous to "1900 A. D."
Correspondence from Dr. Henry A. Huston, addressed to John S. Wright, dated November 1, 1945.
Memo from H. A Huston, dated 1948 [difficult to decipher the handwriting]
Only Survivor of '82 Class Shares Purdue Alumni Award, (Dr. Henry A. Huston, Purdue Class of '82. The Indianapolis Star, Sunday, May 4, 1947.
Correspondence addressed to Mr. P. H. Batten, dated May 8, 1948 from H. A. Huston, Purdue post grad '82.
Correspondence addressed to Nellie M. Coats, Chief, Catalog Division, Indiana State Library from John H. Moriarty, thanking her for the Huston letters, which were added to the H. A. Huston file in the Purdue Archives.